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2017 School Counselor Summer Institute

Technical Assistance
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Lunch will be served. There will be 7 free clock hours available.

Eastern Washington is June 23, 2017
Ferris High School, Spokane

Sponsored by ESD 101, Spokane Public Schools and OSPI
Registration or at ESD 101 site
Cost is $50

Western Washington is June 29, 2017
Olympia Red Lion Hotel

Sponsored by OSPI and WA School Counselor Association
Registration: WA School Counselor Association website WSCA Member | Non-Member/Public
Cost is $50

Updates on issues that influence the work of School Counselors from Agency and Program Leads

Topics and Breakouts based on March 2017 survey of school counselors statewide

Keynote Speakers: Eastern: Mike Dunn, ESD 101 Superintendent; Western: Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Updates include: Counselor evaluation, recent legislation, professional development dates and more!

New this year: 3-hour Suicide Prevention Training that meets the 5-year requirement under RCW 28A.410.226 for School Counselor and other ESA Certification (Separate registration coming; free with $50 Summer Institute registration; available to 40 participants only at each site)

These technical assistance conferences for elementary, middle, and high school counselors and other interested educators will provide information and updates on a variety of topics from agency program leads. Topics will include mental health, integrated student services, equity analytics, school safety, reengagement programs, truancy, college admissions, financial aid, implementation of graduation requirements and High School & Beyond Plan, student support resources, including suicide prevention and more.

Questions? Contact Danise Ackelson, (Olympia) or Dianna Harrington, (Spokane)

2017 Fall Counselor Workshops sponsored by WA Council

These valuable workshops provide updated information about higher education and more to high school counselors about what you need to know for the 2017-2018 school year. Held in nine locations throughout the state in September, school counselors hear current information from admission directors from four-year public and private universities, updates from Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC). This year the agenda will include a new Hot Topics in Higher Ed Question and Answer session about current issues.

Registration Is Open!

WA Council for High School and College Relations, commonly called WA Council, operates for educational purposes and is organized to assist all WA state students to access and engage in postsecondary opportunities at its member institutions.

Workshop Contact: Jana Jaraysi,, Commission Chair for questions.

GATE Monthly Webinars

OSPI Graduation- A Team Effort (GATE) is conducting a monthly webinar series on best practices in relation to the OSPI performance indicators, such as chronic absenteeism, behavior, 9th grade failure, post-graduation enrollment and graduation. ( Register Each webinar is 10:00 – 11:00.

    September 14, 2016
    October 12, 2016
    November 9, 2016
    December 14, 2016
    January 11, 2017
    February 8, 2017
    March 8, 2017
    April 12, 2017
    May 10, 2017

OSPI/WSAC Wednesday Webinars for School Counselors

OSPI and WA Student Achievement Council will host monthly webinars specifically designed for school counselors. Topics and registration will be posted soon on OSPI Counselor Listserve, “News and More for School Counselors”. Each webinar is 10:30 – 11:30.

    October 19, 2016
    November 1, 2016
    December 7, 2016
    January 25, 2017
    February 22,, 2017
    March 22, 2017
    April 26, 2017
    May 24, 2017

Contact Danise Ackelson, 360-725-4967.


What’s New and Updated Information

Stay connected — go to Email Updates and subscribe to our popular News and More for School Counselors. Our listserv and newsletter will feature upcoming professional learning opportunities, and connect school counselors with resources that support guidance and counseling programs.

   Updated 5/1/2017

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